This is an important update for all sellers (and potential sellers) on www.MoviePosterBid.com
First, the long-awaited OFF-LINE BULK-LISTING TOOL is ready to enter the beta
test stage and for some of you to start using it on a trial basis. More on that
in a moment. But first...
While we were setting up the pages necessary to handle the uploads from the off-line
bulk-listing tool, we realized something: There was also a new ON-LINE function
emerging! Our logic went like this:
One of the main reasons some people want to create their auction listings with
an off-line tool is so that they can work on them at their leisure (and not be
charged any listing fees) until they are happy with them and ready to upload them
to the auction site. We can certainly understand that.
We suddenly realized we could provide our sellers with that kind capability without
them having to go through the hassle and learning-curve of using the off-line
bulk-listing too. So we did! When you log in to your account, you will now see
a new link you can click called "Preliminary Auctions".
On the Preliminary Auctions page you will see another new link called "Create
Preliminary Auction". You click that and will be presented with a form that
is almost exactly like the regular auction posting form you are accustomed to
using already. The difference is that when you click the "Save" button
YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED any listing fees -- and the auction you have just created
will NOT be made "live" at that time. Instead, it will be stored on
your "Preliminary Auctions" page where you can continue to work on it
as much as you want. Once you're happy with it and ready to make it a real, live
auction, you just click the "Activate" link to, well, to activate it.
You can create and store as many Preliminary Auctions on your "Preliminary
Auctions" page as you wish.
When you click "Activate" on a Preliminary Auction you will be shown
the regular auction posting form -- with all of your preliminary auction data
already filled in. All you have to do is accept the default start and end dates
-- or change them to whatever you want -- and then click the POST button to make
the Preliminary Auction live on MPB (and only at that point will you be charged
the appropriate listings fees).
There is also a "Rapid Activate" option which will allow you to bulk-activate
a whole bunch of preliminary auctions simultaneously with the touch of a few buttons
(up to 300 at one time!).
We believe this new feature could be very helpful for many sellers. If you think
about it, it's like having an off-line bulk-listing tool -- but having it "on-line"
so that you don't have to go through the upload steps (or learn how to use the
off-line listing tool).
Give it a try and see what you think.
Now, as for the actual OFF-LINE BULK-LISTING TOOL -- This tool really is designed
for those sellers who plan to list a whole lot of items and feel they really need
something off-line to work with (including the ability to import and export their
auction listings in the .csv format). It is, naturally, a little bit complicated
to use and more work than most sellers really need -- particularly since we now
have the "Preliminary Auctions" capability. But if you think you want
to be a beta tester for the off-line bulk-listing tool, then go to the "Preliminary
Auctions" page, click on "Upload My Auctions" and read the information
there and then, if you qualify, click on the link to email us a request to become
a beta tester. We will be getting together with those who register to be beta
testers in a few days to go over the details.
Whatever you do, how about putting up some new auctions this coming weekend? Summer
is coming and you want to catch people before they get into the full swing of
things... leaving school, going on vacation, whatever. Now is the time to make
a move and get your auctions in front of people!